We are currently in the height of flu season (which has been particularly nasty this year) and we know how hard it is to get to the doctor when you’re not feeling well. Here at Doctor On Demand we are committed to keeping you happy and healthy, and cutting down the time, cost and worry it takes to do so. To help ease the pain, we’re waiving the usual $40 fee to chat with a doctor for the rest of the month. Anyone who calls, whether you signed up a month ago or you sign up tomorrow, can use the service for free for the next two weeks.
To sign up, we still need you to add a valid credit card (for verification purposes) when you setup your account. You will not be charged for any calls you make to Doctor On Demand if you call between February 14, 2014 and February 28, 2014. On March 1, calls will go back to $40. There are no setup or subscription fees now or after February is over.
How do you know if you have the flu?
Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold and usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
· Fever or feeling feverish/chills
· Sore Throat
· Runny or stuffy nose
· Muscle or body aches
· Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
In addition to providing free service for the next two weeks, Doctor On Demand wants to help you stay healthy and happy this Winter season. We also want to make sure you know when you are at risk of complications from the flu and recommend the following as preventative measures:
· Get a flu shot. The CDC recommends vaccination for people 6 months or older, beginning in September and continuing through to the end of March.
· Wash hands with soap and water frequently, and carry alcohol-based anti-bacterial hand gel.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, preparing food or eating with unwashed hands.
· Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected at home, school and work.
· Avoid sick contacts and stay home if you are sick. If you do come into contact with others, cover your mouth and nose when sneezing/coughing.
We know it’s going to be very busy during our free service, so if you do happen to call us during a peak time, please be patient with us if you experience longer than average wait times. If you can’t get through quickly, our support group will be notified and will reach out to you ASAP to get you setup with one of our doctors. We know how frustrating that process can be so please know we’ll be doing everything we can to help everyone who needs a doctor – for free!
Get started by downloading the app on Google Play or iTunes and creating an account today!
** Doctor On Demand is available in: Arizona, Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin. We will continue to add availability in additional states over time.
*** Each state has different rules about which (if any) medications can be prescribed over video. Treatment plans are written at the full discretion of the treating physician.